Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for Lighting

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for lighting

One of my favorite FAVORITE things to do is go antique shopping…well, mostly window shopping. I find so much inspiration when I’m out and about. It’s trash to treasure at its finest! Last weekend, my best friend and I went to the Orange Circle and perused all the antique shops. I found a lot of great ideas for home décor and DIY projects. To narrow it down, I thought I’d put together a post of upcycling and repurposing ideas for lighting.

Let’s start with some upcycling ideas. These weren’t necessarily repurposed, but rather upcycled chandeliers that were embellished with crystals. The crystals transform these old pieces into chic and stylish.

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I’ve always wanted to do this, and hopefully I will soon. These are beautiful chandeliers in cages. I saw so many cages that would work perfectly.

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Probably my two favorites, these were made from bicycle wheels. I love the mixture of masculine and feminine design.

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I also found a few repurposed desk lamps and floor lamps.

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This one is great for an outdoor patio. It is string lights with bed springs attached to them for rustic chic outdoor lighting.

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This unique orb pendant lamp is made from rusty saw blades.

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Here are a few repurposing ideas with an industrial look.

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This one is made from table legs!

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This window shopping trip was so fun. I took A LOT more pictures, which I’ll share soon!

This weekend, I’m hoping to attend the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet. It’s been a while since I have gone. I’m sure I’ll find a lot of great ideas there. Can’t wait to show you!

You may also like these articles of my past shopping trips!

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

by Dinah Wulf

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Disclosure: Thank you to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto for sponsoring this trip and post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Where do I begin? I attempted to summarize four fun-filled days and three nights about my trip to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in one blog post.  It didn’t quite work out. So I ended up writing several including 1) our boat tour, 2) diving for clams, 3) our morning hike, 4) my tips for paddle boarding, and even 5) how I learned how to make a beautiful sun-shaped garnish on the beach while sipping on some fresh cucumber lime margaritas. Oh! I even shared 6) How I wrapped my souvenirs in toilet paper rolls!

There is still so much more to share, so I summed it up as best as I could in a three minute video. In it, you will see photos of our entire trip including my gorgeous suite, all the adventures I mentioned above, and all the gourmet food we ate.



Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico

Baja’s First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. 

More about my adventures in Loreto, Mexico:

Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas 2013

by Dinah Wulf

I mentioned earlier this month that I was so excited about attending Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas this year. My friend Tara from A Spectacled Owl and I made flight and hotel arrangements to attend months ago. It seemed like it couldn’t come fast enough and now I can’t believe it’s already over.

Here is a selfie Tara and I took while waiting to board our plane at LAX.

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I must say, this conference exceeded my expectations. Tiffany Romero and Fancesca Banducci from the SITS Girls are the two amazing women responsible for putting the conference together. The sponsors, food, accommodations at the Double Tree Hilton, and the speakers were fantastic.  Some of the sponsors we got to meet were Mirassou Winery, Invisalign, and LG. There was also a fantastic line up of speakers. Two speakers who really resonated with me were Danielle Smith from Extraordinary Mom and Lisa Leonard from Lisa Leonard Designs.

I took good notes!

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And thank goodness for Sugar Wish… I may have possibly OD’d on Red Hots. By the way, you HAVE to check them out.  It’s an adorable way to send an e-card and candy to a loved one.  So cute!

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This is one of my friends Jamie from Hands On As We Grow. We had met a year ago and BBC brought us together!


This is a photo of some bloggers that I have been dying to meet in person from a group I am proud to be a part of.  From top to bottom, left to right we are: Megan Sheakoski, Amy Locurto, Randi Dukes, Holly Homer, Carolyn Elbert, Kelly Dixon, Me, and Jamie Reimer.  Finally meeting this group of talented bloggers in person and REALLY getting to know Tara were probably the highlights of my trip.

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Learned and talking about blogging, SEO, social media, photography, and “juggling” it all among like-minded and well-respected women in the industry at a conference like Bloggy Bootcamp, I must say, is definitely one of the many rewards  and highlights of blogging.  

Architectural Salvage Shopping

by Dinah Wulf

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Last weekend, my husband and I decided to do some shopping at our favorite architectural salvage places in Los Angeles.  We had just finished our floors (here are our floors before) and now we needed to look for some new pieces to fit our updates.  I just wanted to share with you what I saw and found.

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Every time I go to places like these, I forget how amazing they are!  We started off at one location of Olde Good Things (we ended at the other location). We ended up going to four different places.

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Our style is, I guess you can call it, “industrial chic”.  We both like the hardness of metal mixed with beautifully upholstered furniture.  It’s a mix of both masculine and feminine and I think that style goes well with our new cement floors (post coming soon!).

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Specifically we were looking for a dining room table.  We found several ideas for legs, table tops, and bases.  We particularly loved these metal legs from vintage machinery but they were out of our budget.  They were about $1100 for a pair… and we still needed to make a top!


We fell in love with this metal work bench and we were able to negotiate the price down.  We have a large piece of glass that would look beautiful for the top.

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There were aisles and aisles of amazing pieces… everything from fixtures, to statues, to old doors and metal tiles.

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I fell in love with this eight foot by four foot mirror.  Again we haggled with the price and were satisfied with what we got.

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I thought these vintage dress forms were neat and would be great in my craft room.

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There were several cool metal chairs.

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Here are a few more photos.






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Amazing right??? I could spend HOURS in there. We are already planning our next trip!

Antique Shopping in Wisconsin

by Dinah Wulf

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My husband and I went to visit his parents in Wisconsin recently and we had such a nice visit.  My Mother-In-Law and I got to go shopping a few times but I have to say, my favorite shopping outing with her was our antique shopping trip.  This is probably because antique shopping in Wisconsin is SO much better than antique shopping in California.  In my experience, shopping in California is so much more expensive.  I just wanted to share some of the pictures I took and the fun finds I bought.  

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These stores had rooms upon rooms of stuff… from old bed frames to walls of vintage mason jars. It was every crafter’s dream.

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A few stores had sales which was great and made it even more enticing to buy things.  I had a vintage baby shower that I had in mind so I was on the lookout for some unique party decorating ideas. I found some blocks for fifty cents apiece and a couple vintage nursery rhyme books.

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I also found some amazing deals for delicate and feminine handkerchiefs.  Many of them were only eighty cents or less than two dollars.

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I loved all the wooden crates industrial pieces. Unfortunately I couldn’t take those home with me on the plane.

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I’m a big fan of milk glass these days and bought this sweet little bud vase to hold my rings on my dresser.

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We could have spent hours in these stores. I wish I had more time, money, and space!

Skinny Cow Thrift Store Shopping Mission

by Dinah Wulf

Woohoo!!! It’s FINALLY time to show you the result of Mission #2 and announce my next Sponsored Skinny Cow Mission #3! If you recall I announced my exciting partnership with Skinny Cow and shared my WoCavé and my sanctuary, my craft room.  My first mission was to have a fun craft day with my best friend in my WoCavé. We had a great time crafting accessories and eating our Skinny Cow cookies and dough ice cream bars. For Mission #2 my best friend and I were sent off to a thrift store shopping mission to find items for my WoCavé complete with a driver and all!!  Abdul our driver took a photo of me and Jenny in front of our car.

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Before we left, we fueled up with some Skinny Cow Limited Edition Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches.  They were amazing at only 140 calories and 2 grams of fat!


Skinny Cow sent us off completely prepared with some must have thrift store shopping items:

  • A recycled tote for our purchases (I brought SEVERAL)
  • A pink measuring tape
  • An easy to carry clutch purse
  • And CASH!!!


Then we were off! This is me and my best friend Jenny in the back of our car. You can view several pictures on Instagram

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We had three hours with our driver Abdul and we were able to go to five local thrift stores.  Holy Moly, was this shopping trip a success!  Each thrift store was graced with so many great items.

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I was so excited that I went crazy with great thrift store finds!

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After three hours, here is what I ended up buying. Can you believe I bought all of this AND the ottoman shown below for less than $60.00????


I turned this…

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Into this fun pedestal tray for my craft room! (Tutorial to come)

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And this…

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Into this craft storage jar for my WoCavé! (Here’s the full tutorial)

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And finally, my prized possession, a five dollar ottoman that I knew I could easily make over with some TLC.  I posted it on Instagram and the verdict was to buy it! Here is the Instagram photo I posted.

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Here is the ottoman AFTER I made it over! I will post the full tutorial soon.


And now for my FINAL mission {insert sad music here}… Mission #3… here are some hints:

  • It’s time to relieve some stress!
  • Get pretty-fied DIY!
  • Pretty in Pink yummy goodness

I can’t wait to reveal the final Mission!  Make sure you check back on full photo tutorials for how I repurposed and upcycled these fantastic thrift store finds! 

I am honored to be a Skinny Cow brand Influencer for the Wocave Program.  Products and monetary compensation were provided by Skinny Cow. All opinions are 100% my own.

Inheriting Our Planet Is Here!

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new website, Inheriting Our Planet!  Woo hoo! 


Inheriting Our Planet is another eco-friendly site that is geared towards teaching our future generations through educating our families in a creative way.  It includes another part of my life that you don’t see on DIY Inspired. 

What can you expect from IOP:

Recycled Kid’s Crafts – I know I have lots of recycled crafts here on DIY Inspired, but on IOP I will post recycled crafts projects geared towards kids and DIT (Doing It Together) as a family.

Gardening – OK, I’m probably the last person you want gardening tips from because I will admit that I DO NOT have a green thumb, however I will share my adventures in things like planting flowers and herbs with my daughter and our learning process together.

Recycling Tips – I am passionate about raising a green family, so occasionally I’ll write about why we should go green or how to go green as well.

Green Products – I hope to share some earth friendly product reviews that support green manufacturing and materials as well as all-natural DIY tutorials. I’d like to review products such as clothing, shoes, cleaning products, and health and beauty products.

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There will be much more, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out along the way!  Who knows? Maybe I’ll throw in a recipe here or there! I hope you join me in my journey as I figure it all out!

We have officially been up and running since June 17, 2013.  You can read more about why I started Inheriting Our Planet if you’d like.  I would also LOVE it if you followed in support. You can also find us on PinterestFacebookTwitter, and Google+. I hope you’ll find a lot of inspiration there.

Elevate Blog Conference 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently I the honor of attending the Elevate Blog Conference 2013 hosted by Summer from Made by Munchies Mama, Jen from Delightful Deets, and Nichole from Yeung Mother Hubbard



It was held at the beautiful Newport Dunes in sunny Newport Beach California.  The cool yet sunny weather was perfect that day.  The girls were so detailed in their planning for this fabulous event.  As we checked in and got our name tags, whimsical pinwheels lined the walkway.

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Around the corner there were refreshments and a snack bar that was filled all day.  The tables were graced with creative centerpieces and place settings, personalized for every attendee.

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The hosts took advantage of the gorgeous scenery and created a photo area filled with fun props and a lovely homemade Elevate banner.

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Inside, there was a table filled with swag from all the amazing sponsors.

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There was also dessert table decorated with colorful paper medallions and filled with yummy goodness. See that “EAT” sign in the back??  I won it!! Woo hoo!

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The speakers were so inspiring.  It was great personally meeting all these fabulous women!

Ashley from Little Miss Momma

Kimmie from Sugar and Dots

Sarah from Little Penelope Lane

Erin from Living In Yellow



We also had Nat and her husband from Take the Cannoli representing a great cause, Soul Hope.  Sole Hope is a group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time.  We even got to help make shoes and got together for a shoe cutting event.

We also had time to craft, of course!  This is a photo of me, Tara from A Spectacled Owl, and Joni from Pop Art Minis.



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This video made by Lora from Lora Knight Photography says it all!



I had a great time and can’t wait for next year!

Mom 2.0 Summit 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes as a Mom Blogger, you feel alone.  Friends and family who are not Bloggers really have no idea how much work is entailed with running a business like this from home, while running your household as well.  This is why, when you ask another Mommy Blogger, rather Influencer or Publisher, they’ll admit that a blog conference is equivalent to a “weekend vacation getaway”.  I was given the honor of being sponsored by Clever Girls Collective to attend Mom 2.0 Summit 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. “Holy crap” was the first thing that came to mind.  I couldn’t believe that I was chosen.  This was a HUGE honor for me, one that was worthy of going on my resume. So, I wanted to share my experience.

I have attended many trade shows and conferences across the nation in my last career however this would be my first large blog conference. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but in my gut it would be greatness…and it was.

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The opening guest and key note speaker was Lisa Ling.  This was exciting for me because I have followed her career since she was on The View because she is a smart, young, beautiful, and successful Asian-American woman on TV.  There weren’t a ton of Asian-American women role models at the time when I was a vulnerable high school and college student so this was a real treat.

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Surrounded by blue skies, crashing waves, and local surfers, the atmosphere was exhilarating.  This “conference” was more than just that… it was an experience.  I was able to speak with large brands like Honda, Whirlpool, Lowes, Treetop, and many others.   Did I mention you could get your hair and nails done by stylists from Dove and get your makeup done by Starbucks ReFreshers.  The food provided by the Ritz Carlton was fabulous as well.

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Even though I was there alone, everyone was so nice an open to talking to me.  I met so many interesting and talented women.  I ran into a blogger friend, Kara Noel from Elies Lids, whom I had met one time before and we spent a lot of the time together.  It was fantastic getting to know her better and I look forward to our new found bloggy friendship. Here are the two of us messing around and in action.

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There were so many amazing and inspiring speakers. Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding spoke about her preparation or lack there-of for becoming a mom through adoption.  Her personal story was both heartwarming and hilarious! Others that stood out for me were Katherine Wintsch on her presentation and poem about why moms refuse to be honest with marketers and Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte where she turned 10 pounds of beeswax into her own crafty empire.  The panels were great as well.  I was able to hear some producers of the Today’s show give tips and tricks for video strategies.

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I will never forget this Mom 2.0 Summit 2013.  My only regret? I should have taken more pictures! Gah! A huge THANK YOU to Clever Girls Collective for making this happen for me!

Retail Shopping DIY Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

The other day I went shopping for inspiration.  I shop for inspiration because I’m too cheap to buy anything and always think in my head… hey… I can make that myself.  It’s a sickness.  Don’t judge me.  I love to go to mid-ranged and high end stores and boutiques to see what’s new and trending.  Anyway I found some fun pieces at TPT Home so I wanted to share my retail shopping DIY inspiration with you.

I love these glass vessels.  I’ve seen some DIY versions floating around online.  I definitely am going to try this with some thrift store finds.  The cheaper the better… so stay tuned!

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This dresser was the first thing I saw when I walked into one of the stores.  I LOVE the industrial feel to it…the metal, the appearance of salvaged wood, and the lettering.

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Here is another similar piece that caught my eye.

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I always see vintage ladders at flea markets and they always seem a little too high priced.  But I love this idea of using two of them and add shelving using salvaged wood.  I wouldn’t even mind this piece in my family room.

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I saw this repurposed hanging shelf and thought it was so neat.  It seems like you can make it out of any old railings or posts from a porch or crib.

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Here is the other side of it.

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I’ve seen a lot of subway art and I really like the look of it.  This one really stood out to me.

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Last but not least.  I love this idea to hold jewelry.

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I hope these pieces inspired you as much as they inspired me!


The Groves Antique Market

by Dinah Wulf

My family and I love to spend weekends outside.  Lucky for us, there are a lot of fun places to go and things to do here in Southern California.  I always enter local flea markets in my phone’s calendar for months ahead of time.  That way, if we are bored or can’t think of what to do, I have a backup plan.  This time, The Groves Antique Market popped up on my little calendar reminder.

I can’t believe it took us so long to go!  This place was so much fun and it was free!  We always drive by this park because it is right off the freeway and it is known for the giant orange hot air balloon ride iconic of the orange groves of Orange County California.

If you park in the first parking lot, you enter through the Farmer’s Market.

There, you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, local honey and tea, freshly baked goods and roasted peanuts.

When you get down the first aisle, you’ll come to the aromatic row of food trucks.

Everyone brings their dogs and there’s even live music.

Across the pathway, there is another parking lot filled with several aisles of antique vendors, many of which I have seen at other flea markets like the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet and the Jamestown Village Flea Market.

At the end of our day on our way out we checked out the row of classic cars on display.

Here is some information taken from their website:

  • 1st Sunday of Every Month
  • Time(s):7:00am – 2:00pm
  • Location: Festival Site
  • Free Parking & Admission
  • Orange County’s popular antiques, fine art and collectibles market is now at the Great Park Festival Site.
  • On the first Sunday of every month, the Groves Antiques Market will be located right next to the weekly Great Park Famers Market.
  • For more information, please call (949) 786-5277

Do you like to go to flea markets? Have any bargaining tips?  Leave a comment!



Places To Go: Arenbeology

by Dinah Wulf

My family and I were out one day shopping in Costa Mesa.  While in route, I almost caused a car accident because I saw a sign on the side of the road that said, “100% Reclaimed Wood”, and yelled out for my husband to stop. Being used to this, he pulled over without question.

The sign led us to a small shop in what looked like an office complex. Outside, on this sunny Sunday afternoon, were several pieces of gorgeous furniture.  As my husband and daughter waited in the car, I went inside to check out more.

I can sum up this experience in three words, I WANTED EVERYTHING.  The shop, Arenbeology embodied my motto, “Repurpose, Reinvent.” I briefly met a few friendly faces, Ryan Jestin, the Owner and his employee, Ted who invited me to look further at the look book sitting at this beautifully crafted dining table.  They both explained that anything can be custom made based on your specifications and that each piece was unique and made from local reclaimed wood from old warehouses and other buildings in California. The pictures shown are some of my favorite pieces on their website.

If you are lucky enough to live locally in Southern California, here is some information.

  • Open Saturdays 10:30-4, Sundays 12-4
  • Open on weekdays by appt.
  • 3303 Harbor Blvd Unit K4
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone: (714) 812-6772

If not, feel free to visit their website here.



Introducing Our New Home

by Dinah Wulf

Yay! We recently purchased a new home and of course since blog is such a big and important part of my life I thought it’d be appropriate to share some pictures with you.  AND of course our new home will be the source of many DIY projects to come!

Here it is!

I’ve owned homes in the past, but this one holds a special place in my heart.  I know that I will be here for many years to come and that my daughter will meet her future best friends and go through several major and emotional rites of passages here.

I mean, check out the yard! OK, so it’s not THAT big, but for Southern California, this yard is HUGE! (Sorry, I got the back of the inspector in this shot!)

And it even has a little playhouse my daughter to get her DIY on.

Perhaps the only room that doesn’t need too much help is the kitchen.  It’s fully upgraded with a built in fridge and storage for everything! Woo hoo!

I’m really excited to get started decorating.  Here are a few “before” pictures of some of the rooms.

Now for the DIY projects… let me know if you have any ideas! I’m going to need some help.  Feel free to leave a comment or email me.  I love hearing new ideas from readers.

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Long Beach Antique Swap Meet

by Dinah Wulf

Every time I attend the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet I have the best time.  This time, last weekend, I went by myself and I STILL loved every second of it. I spent two and a half hours meandering around, admiring each vintage find, examining unknown artifacts, and meeting friendly vendors. I spoke to a father son team who fly around the country, picking up old Pepsi crates and salvaged materials from old buildings.

I also met a woman named Linda who has a full time day job but still finds the time to and design and sell cottage furniture and vintage décor for fun on the weekends. As I was walking up, she had just sold a huge dining room table.  Here is some of her other pieces.

On my next stop I met Neil who sold farm and industrial collectables.  Check out some of his pieces.  I love all the rust! It’s beautiful.

Check out some other amazing finds I found along the way.

This place had a lot of Restoration Hardware inspired pieces.  I didn’t get the chance to speak with the vendor, because he was too busy selling.  LOVE the large orbs and metal baskets.

I have to say that one of my favorites of the day was from a shop called Irons & Duck. The industrial seating and lighting is just my style.  If only I could weld…  You can see all their inventory on their website.

For more information about the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet, click here!

Oh wait! I almost forgot.  I didn’t leave empty handed! I bought a large antique wooden tool box which is a great piece for organization, and these three vintage seltzer bottles!


Nutcracker Craft Fair

by Dinah Wulf

I decided to check out the Nutcracker Craft Fair at the Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way in Brea, California.  After all, admission was only $2 and parking was free!

There were over 250 vendors displaying one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, decor, handmade items and collectibles. The best part is that all the proceeds benefit the Community Center’s youth and family programs.

I went early.  It opened at 9am and I was there at 8:55am.  Of course there was a short line, but it went quickly. I had never been to the Brea Community Center and did not realize how big it was.

There was a maze of artisans jammed in every corner both outside and in.  You could find everything from ornaments to doll clothes, and homemade greeting cards to pottery. It was kind of overwhelming because there was so much stimuli.  You could smell hot chocolate and coffee in the food ally and buy homemade chocolates in the gymnasium.

Most of the items there weren’t exactly “my style” but it was nice to walk around (I did twice) and browse the antiques and admire the sellers that were so proud of the hand crafted things they were selling.

Good times…


Piecemakers Junk in the Trunk Market

by Dinah Wulf

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is check out local flea markets. There are a few free publications that I check out once a month. I gather them all, sit down for about an hour and I enter all the events from South Orange County to Los Angeles into my Blackberry.  If I make it, great! If not, there’s always one the next weekend.

This time a “Junk in the Trunk”  flea market in Costa Mesa caught my eye.  I decided to check it out and realized when I got there that when I lived in Costa Mesa (for about five years) I drove by this place nearly every day and did not even know it existed!

My GPS led me into the parking lot of Peacemakers Country Store.  I got lucky and snatched up a parking spot that someone was leaving.  There were about 60 vendors there selling their “junk” literally out of the trunks of their cars.  It was fabulous!  I ventured to each space and took my time.  Everyone was so nice and conversational.  After I spent five bucks on a blue vintage Ball jar with the lid un-cracked and intact (score!), I decided to check out the Peacemaker Country Store.

The place was adorable!  A paradise for crafters, knitters, quilters, and the like, there was something there for everyone.  It looked like Santa Clause threw up in there (in a good way). The first thing I noticed was the large hearth to my right and the homemade chocolates counter to my left.  I was surrounded by walls of fabric, beads, ornaments, and country knick knacks. I went upstairs and I felt like I was in someone’s house.  Each little room was furnished and decorated with everything available for purchase.

I could have gotten lost up there as it was a maze of Christmas themed rooms.  The best part was when I turned the corner and saw a few crafters at work in one of the many classrooms.

Although most of it wasn’t necessarily my “style”, I did enjoy window shopping.  This place is a must to check out.  If you go on Fridays from noon to 1:30, you can catch the live Peacemakers Country Band.

The Piecemakers Junk in the Trunk Market is new this year.  If you want to find out when the next one is held or other events and classes, check out the website here.  The Peacemakers Country Store is located at 1720 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.